Full length version of video is at
This is a video of UMass RA's at a rally for union recognition with UAW 2322. The resident assistants and a hundred or so supporters marched on 1 Beacon Street, President Bulger's office. UMass Resident Assistants became the first undergraduate employees of any university in the US to organize a union.
The RA's fought an antiunion administration for a year and a half, voted overwhelmingly in an NLRB election for union representation with UAW Local 2322, and still UMass refused to recognize the union or negotiate with the Resident Assistants.
Speakers: Jill Stein, Phil Wheeler UAW Region 9a President, Mass AFL-CIO Pres Bobby Haines, RA David Synnott, Robert Caldwell, Leslie Edwards, and Warren Tollman.
July 31, 2002
UMass Amherst, UAW Issue Joint Announcement on RAs
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Amherst and United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2322 announced today that they have reached an agreement to begin collective bargaining of a contract that would cover the resident assistants and community development assistants in the University's residence halls.
The resident assistants (RAs) voted to unionize on March 5, 2002, and the state labor relations commission certified the results of the election, but the University had refused to bargain with the union and had asked the labor commission to reconsider their certification.
The Globe article and alert about the 35 arrests:
SUBJECT: UMASS ARRESTS 35 AT UNION DIRECT ACTION